If you’re looking to ship your sport utility vehicle (SUV) there are a few things that you’ll want to be aware of in regards to shipping it, as they can affect your price as well as the availability of an auto transporter willing or able to pick it up. Sport utility vehicles come in a lot of different shapes and sizes which can make it hard to just get a quote to ship a generic sport utility vehicle. Is it a compact SUV? Those are the smallest and easiest of the various sized SUV’s to ship. What about a midsize, or a full-size? Is it a crossover? These are major factors when it comes to shipping an SUV because they affect the size and weight of the vehicle in question, and those can affect the prices that you pay come auto transport time.
You should always be up front and honest regarding your sport utility vehicle when you’re talking to an auto transport company. You should not try to hide its size or its weight, and you should have the full year, make and model of your sport utility vehicle on hand and ready to give to your auto transport representative when they ask. Hiding the size of your SUV or any modifications (lift kits, extenders, etc) can lead to serious problems down the line, particularly in regards to the auto shipping carrier that is hired to pick your vehicle up. If your vehicle is too large to fit on a standard carrier but you fail to mention the fact it’s larger than usual, your SUV may not fit on the transporter assigned to pick your vehicle up. This causes problems for the auto transporter, for your shipping company and for you. Make sure you’re always up front about what you’re shipping and what you need and your auto transportation representative will do their best to help you as best as they can.
When you sit back and take a look at the car shipping industry today, it is a pretty packed industry, all things considered. It is chock-full of literally thousands of auto transportation companies that all do different things. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the commotion, particularly when it comes to understanding the lingo of the auto transport industry. That is why in this helpful blog series we are going to talk about different words and phrases in the industry and break down what they mean. Many of you won’t need to read this, as you will likely know all these different terms, but for those of you who are new to this whole process take a breath and learn more about this quaint little industry of ours.
Open auto transport is a method of transportation you can choose when deciding if you will ship your vehicle and when you are booking your auto transport order. There are several different methods, but open is by far the easiest to find and book as well as the cheapest. While your vehicle is in transit from pickup to delivery on an open auto transport carrier, it will be exposed to all the elements you normally would subject it to while driving it yourself with the exception for wear and tear on the tires and the engine caused by driving it a thousand miles. Open transport is safer than driving it yourself, though you will still see it get muddy and dirty and it will probably be rained on at some point along the way too. If you are prepared to have all that stuff happen to your car – i.e. the same stuff that happens every day if you drive it around town – then open auto transport is going to be a great option for you. If not, enclosed transport, which is more expensive and not as prevalent as open transport, is probably a good way to go. If you are unsure about which is the best for you, give us a call at 877-222-6100 and we will be more than happy to help.
When you transport your vehicle with an auto transport carrier, there are a few things that you should do to prep your vehicle for the carrier so you don’t have to rush to do them at the last minute. In this blog we’ll detail a few of the things that you can do to make your transport experience easier and more efficient.
- Clean it!
You want to make sure that the cab of the vehicle is completely clean. There should not be any trash or personal items anywhere that is visible, and you should also make sure to clean out any loose change that is lying about. There should not be anything underneath the seats, and you should make sure to pull out anything from the glove compartment that contains personal information, just to be on the safe side.
- No more than 1/4 tank of gas.
Make sure that you don’t have any more than a quarter of a tank of gas. Gasoline is heavy and a full tank of gas can push your vehicle overweight if the tank is large enough. 1/4 of a tank of gas is enough for the carrier to load and unload the vehicle, and it’s enough to get you to a gas station to refill it.
- Don’t wash it.
This may be a surprising one, but we recommend that you do not wash your vehicle prior to it being loaded onto the car transport carrier. This is because your vehicle will be subjected to the rigors of the road, and having a coat of dirt and grime will help protect your vehicle from the errant debris that inevitably will get kicked up and potentially strike your vehicle. Dirt will also help save the paint and prevent most scratches that come from auto transport. Rest assured, though, that damage is quite rare.
Taking these tips into account will make your auto transport experience a lot better on the whole. Prepping your vehicle is the best way to make sure that the pickup of your vehicle goes quickly and smoothly. Your auto transport broker will give you your driver’s contact information, so you will be able to coordinate the exact time your carrier will arrive to pick your vehicle up. They will typically call an hour or two before they show up, so that will give you plenty of time to have your vehicle ready to be loaded onto the truck.